Boston is changing, growing and in need of affordable housing for seniors,students and families that promotes healthy living.
South Boston is young, diverse and middle class
We are proposing 600 units of affordable housing on Lot D. This is a "seed building",its density makes it a collector of the main ingredients for urban living.
We believe great housing should set up great relationships between people and programs.
Healthy living translates to access to quality food, recreation and health care...
..with opportunities for the integration of different generations through learning, culture and care.
We can build community by creating places where conversation happens.
Working near home, having a place to study or showcase what you do can open up opportunities for networking.
This is what modern urban living is all about.
We tested a few massing diagrams. This one had the lowest height but took up the whole site.
The podium and mid rise tower...
This one is interesting..but too much like a wall!
This hybrid uses the commercial podium to create a datum that relates to the neighborhood scale. The housing is deployed into a series of independent towers that are lifted up to allow for a raised park.
The park becomes a connector.
Raising the housing allows us to maintain views across the building and helps with noise reduction for the lower units.
The site is divided into program bands.
These bands are connected by the lobbies and the retail.
The commercial promenade packs services and retail.
Each tower has a dedicated lobby,bike storage & parking entry.
Parking is automated & ramp free.
The upper amenities need more privacy,
The raised park serves as a culture and recreation hub.
Eliminating corridors means more efficient use of space.
All units are flats, fully accessible.We created a module that can be repeated and prefabricated creating efficiency in the construction process.
The module allows for a combination of unit types. These makes each tower highly customizable in terms of the mix.
The modules repeat and rotate to relate to the context.
Each unit has its own terrace. The upper units enjoy private roof decks. Communal space is created in height with sky lobbies.
The module repetition creates the facade's language. The terraces create shade and privacy.